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Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection

6/30/2018 - 2/3/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Bicentennial and Beyond! exhibits artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, decorative arts, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier; a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852; a core segment from Route 66; a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide; an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount; and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures. Visitors will explore, discover, learn, and share the history, prehistory, and natural history of Illinois through the featured objects and the fascinating stories behind them. 

Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

10/25/2018 - 4/6/2019, Various Times
Nelson Center, 1601 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62702

This year the Springfield Jr. Blues are celebrating their 26th year as Springfield’s hockey team. Come out this season for a home game, meet some fans, enjoy the food, and cheer on the home team!

October 25 - 27: vs. Minnesota Magicians (Special Events: Oct 26 Pink the Rink and Oct 27 Halloween with Abe Lincoln)

November 16 - 17: vs. Topeka Pilots 

November 23 - 24: vs. Janesville Jets

December 14 - 15: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

January 4 - 5: vs. Minnesota Magicians

January 25 - 26: vs. Janesville Jets

February 22 - 24: vs. Kenai River Brown Bears

March 1 - 2: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

March 15 - 16 and March 29 - 30: vs. Chippewa Steel

April 5 - 6: vs. Janesville Jets

Mystery Movie Monday

1/7/2019 - 5/6/2019, First Monday of Every Month: 7 pm
The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence Ave Springfield, IL 62704

Join us for "Mystery Movie Monday" where you won't know the title of the film until the red velvet curtain opens on the Grand Screen! We will showcase movies from across the spectrum of genres: comedy, drama, suspense, musical, romance, western...everything except horror! Films will span from the early days of the 20th century to contemporary titles. 

Following each film join the discussion with Andy Egizi, who teaches "Hollywood Heritage: The Studio Age" at UIS.

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28th Annual Molly Schlich Film Series

1/13/2019 - 3/5/2019, Every Sunday: 1 pm; Every Tuesday: 7 pm
AMC Parkway 8 Theatre, 3025 Lindbergh Blvd Springfield, IL 62704

The Annual Molly Schlich International & Independent Film Series has been bringing entertaining and challenging films to Springfield for the past 28 years. The series is brought to you by the Springfield Art Association and benefits the Michael Victor II Art Library. 

The films being shown are A Fantastic Woman, Foxtrot, Science Fair, A Taxi Driver, Puzzle, The Square, In the Fade, and The Guilty. Each of the eight films are shown twice on Sundays, at 1 & 4 PM and once on Tuesdays at 7 PM. 

You can purchase a series pass for $50/$45 for members who purchase the pass by January 12th. Passes can be purchased at

Winter Farmers Markets

1/19/2019 - 4/20/2019, Every 3rd Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
Shoppers can expect to find more than 30 vendors selling farm-fresh fare including sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, turnips, winter squash, sunchokes, fresh greens and salad mixes, kale, pecans, honey, apples, apple cider, cheese, pastured pork and poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, local lamb, holiday hams, and Thanksgiving turkeys! Plus baked goods, pies, gingerbread men, cookies, jams, jellies, and spices. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

1/21/2019, Noon - 4 pm
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum, 1440 Monument Ave. Springfield, IL 62702
The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum will be open on Monday, January 21, 2019 to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day (MLK Day). Join us as we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. The day will feature story time and crafts for kids (12:30 pm -2 pm); MLK Exhibit, and a Volunteer and Membership Drive all day. Many people observe MLK Day as a day of service to others. The African American History Museum would love to have you as a Volunteer and/or a Museum Member. The exhibit and program are free, however, donations are encouraged.  

Bye, Bye Bicentennial Museum After Hours

1/25/2019, 5 pm - 8 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

The Bicentennial & Beyond exhibition is closing on February 3 and the public is invited to enjoy one last celebration of Illinois’ great history with the first event of the new Museum After Hours series. On the fourth Friday of each month through May the Museum will be open late for live music, food, and fun.

This first night will include a scavenger hunt with prizes, Illinois trivia, and more. All tickets include a free beverage. Food and additional beverages will be available for purchase.

Jo Dee Messina

1/25/2019, 7 pm
Boondocks Pub, 2909 N. Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62702
Jo Dee Messina is a seasoned veteran in the music industry, always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life.

James and the Giant Peach

1/25/2019 - 1/27/2019, Friday: 7 pm, Saturday: 2 pm & 7 pm; Sunday: 2 pm
Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701

Rolling into the Hoogland Center for the arts this January is Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach!" Now a musical for the whole family to enjoy, this musical features a wickedly tuneful score by the team of Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen & The Greatest Showman) and a curiously quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald. Directed by Shawn Smith & Matthew Vala, this production features the Hoogland Kids, Teens, & Juniors!

Justin Moore with Riley Green

1/25/2019, 7:30 pm
The BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Springfield, IL 62701
Country Music Artist

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